By Kalyan Varma (Vice President,Products, TUV Rheinland India):
Industry 4.0, which is the roadmap for automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, revolves around the three key components of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things (IoT) and cloud computing. As a leading provider of technical services worldwide, the Cologne-headquartered TÜV Rheinland, is the certification body and key assessor of critical industrial components, electrical aspects, cyber security and IoT verticals, and the one-stop-solution for all the regulatory requirements of Industry 4.0.
IoT is gaining momentum as there are multiple wireless protocols that are being deployed into the market and TÜV Rheinland, being a globally recognized standards and alliance test house, offers an end-to-end assistance to OEMs for their systems and products.
We have a global reach with 5 test facilities in Europe, North America and Asia covering various protocols and technologies. Our multi-customized toolset covers a broad range of industry standard requirements. We also conduct a custom debug pre-compliance testing to minimize failure risk during official certification process.
With newer technologies and new innovations coming-up in the Industry 4.0, TÜV Rheinland is able to come up with the best possible solutions to make Industry 4.0 a secured experience for its users. Critical or fatal aspects such as data privacy and security and system component malfunctioning can post serious threats to the work-force of any industry- oriented work environment, making it susceptible to lower performance grades. TÜV Rheinland’somni-directional regulatory assessment, will lead to a more optimized and fruitful experience.
The advent of IoT, is closely related to a series of geographical questions, ranging from ‘Media’, ‘Environmental monitoring’, ‘Infrastructure management’, ‘Manufacturing’, ‘Energy management’, ‘Medical and healthcare’, ‘Building and home automation’, ‘Transportation’, ‘Waste Management’, ‘Metropolitan-scale deployments – like smart cities and smart grid’ and other ‘customer applications’.
IoT also has a few drawbacks which can be contained by the right regulatory compliances across various verticals, making it a major domain where TÜV Rheinland can look into for its futuristic solutions to fit-in. TÜV Rheinland is continuously working with the industry-leaders and standard-bodies to evaluate and assess the need for right solutions that caters to vast applications covered under IoT.
TÜV Rheinland’s customized test harness tools let the OEMs or module vendors to place their products with almost minimalistic time lines. The five key functions of TÜV Rheinland labs are to simplify wireless product integration and speed time to market, reduce costs and risks in embedding wireless connectivity, position products competitively with the independent third party test certification, benefit from fast turnaround times and long-standing experience, and to be the exclusive partner for one-stop services for the radio products
The transition towards new mobility such as connected vehicles offers new opportunities. General Motors was the first automaker to bring the first connected car features to market with OnStar in 1996 in Cadillac De-Ville, Seville and Eldorado. Ever since 1996 the Car manufactures are in a continuous race to make their cars smarter and well connected.
With the global innovations in wireless and IoT, the car manufacturers’ stand-a-chance to make their long- desired connected car a reality in the coming years. Currently, the automotive industry has made major break-through in: GPS Tracking; Smart-Navigations (which predicts the congestion in traffic and suggests better route options); Advanced Driver Assistance systems; Infotainment systems and Bluetooth / Wi-Fi and other wireless driven diagnostics etc. Statisticians and analysts predict to have 250 million connected cars by the end of 2020.
Connectivity, digitalization and technology advancements come with a cost of multiple-risks which may prove fatal for the system or device. The risks may be related to: Security and privacy; System malfunction and Loss of the control device, which would mean loss of control over the car. With the list of risk factors piling up, there will be a niche requirement to comply with the automotive regulations and other necessary regulations to minimize the impact of the risks involved in the evolution of the connected-cars.
This opens the doors for possible regulatory opportunities, which would evolve and grow continuously with the evolution of the features that would add value to the services offered by the connected cars.